Work and family, do we integrate it?

Yesterday, June 14, I had the privilege of attending the 1st Work & Family Conference in Barcelona, ​​which featured the participation of outstanding speakers from the business, social, political and academic fields.

Organized by the International Work and Family Research Center (ICWF) of IESE and the Association of Large Families of Catalonia (FANOC), the theme was: “Company and Family: Allies or Enemies?”

At the beginning of the session, Prof. PhD Mireia Las Heras, Professor of People Management and Research Director of the International Center for Work and Family at IESE Business School, explained the results of the IFREI study (IESE Family Responsible Employer Index) led by her and analyzed its impact on people, society and the company. For this, she counted 1,000 national responses as a sample of the study and compared them with 45,000 from 25 countries around the world. She also segmented jobs in four work environments: enriching, favorable, unfavorable and polluting.

The results in Spain are disastrous, since 45% of workers declare to work in an unfavorable environment, 28% describe their polluting environment, 20% consider their environment as favorable and only 7% qualify it as enriching. Some results more negative than the global average, the study picks up.

This, together with other parameters of the study, reveals the dissatisfaction and dissatisfaction that exists in the working world in our country.

We have to advance more in formal policies in relation to:

  • flexible hours, part-time work and telework.
  • the existence of childcare centers in the workplace, the subsidy for children, the benefits for conciliation and counseling, are listed as pending subjects.
  • The support of the leader, although it is considered essential for the employees in charge to integrate well the work with his family, the level of satisfaction for the emotional and instrumental support received is higher when there is a woman in charge, reveals the study.
  • the adoption of conciliatory measures, as is the case, for example, of leave. Between 40% and 50% of Spaniards think that using them to care for their children can be frowned upon by their peers, and 70% believe that it can be negative or negative for their career.


To this we join the problem of demographic change, which is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today and especially Spain where the birth rate drops to historical lows and the average of children per woman is 1.3, standing at the tail of Europe.

Hungary is a clear example of a country that has managed to face these challenges, and as explained by Mrs. Enikő Győri, ambassador of this country in Spain, she has done it with a whole series of measures that, as a whole, improve life worker’s personal and make him a happier and more motivated person and, therefore, also more productive. And this, redoes, for the benefit of the company, the family and society.


Right now, Hungary is a country with a very low percentage of unemployment that in recent years has fallen from 12% to 3.7% today and whose economy grows around 4%.

Can you remedy this situation of dissatisfaction and make Work and Family compatible? Yes, you can, we just have to be able to create a favorable environment for it.

Dr. Maria Teresa López, President of the National Committee of Bioethics of the Complutense University, points out that work policies are needed to create quality employment, awareness-raising measures to value the family and thus protect inequalities, time flexibility and, of course, a single political discourse in favor of the family (otherwise every time a new government takes power, the advanced is lost and it has to be started again).

Although it is clear that not only the political power but also the companies play a large role in this issue, we should not be discouraged and push forward to achieve that much needed awareness for the future of our society and that is everyone’s responsibility.

See you soon!